When you need to rent a vehicle, it pays to be informed. As you consider which car rental company to use, make sure you find one with a solid reputation. It's not difficult for companies to tack on extra charges, so being informed can save you money. Look into all of the details of the rental agreement, such as whether you'll pay for miles or time..
Before you pay for rental insurance, check with your existing auto insurance and with your credit card company. Either or both may offer insurance on rentals.
Car sharing is another way to temporarily access a vehicle, especially for urban dwellers. One of the main benefits is being able to share the car with others and pay for short-term usage.
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